Tavis Forrester's game camera captures bobcat photos
This image was captured in the Mendocino National Forest in Califoria as part of a study on black-tail deer survival. The study targets understanding how predation and habitat quality and spatial arrangement contribute to deer survival in order to manage mammal populations in a changing world. Tavis Forrester and his team use the cameras to get a relative density of predator species in fawning areas to determine if this density affects survival probability for deer fawns. This helps identify habitat characteristics that may increase or decrease predation risk and also explore the possibility of whether individual predators are targeting fawns.
Tavis sent us the photo and called it "a happy accident"... indeed!